Ocala is a Florida city that’s growing in popularity, especially among active adults who want to live with year-round sunshine and plenty of recreation without welcoming more traffic and crowded conditions into their lives. The state’s north-central neighborhoods offer a lower cost of living, a bit less humidity, and exceptional 55+ communities that brim with amenities, activities, and award-winning construction.
Here’s how they compare:
New and Resale Homes in Ocala, FL
Buyers looking for new construction homes for sale in Ocala will want to focus on Stone Creek, where there will be a total of 3,800 new construction and resale homes available once construction is complete. For move-in-ready resale homes, Oak Run is the better option. It’s similarly sized, with about 3,500 homes in the neighborhood with construction completed around 2007. Both Oak Run and Stone Creek offer single-family homes as well as attached homes.
At Oak Run, the attached duplexes are available in four models, ranging from 1,049 to 1,489 square feet. These low-maintenance homes are perfect for downsizing and include two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached one- or two-car garage. At Stone Creek, the attached homes are twin villas. They come in two floor plans and range from 1,548 to 1,709 square feet. The resale villas offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.
Single-family homes at Oak Run are available in 20 models with open floor plans and two or three bedrooms. Many homes have flex spaces that owners can use as dens or offices, and there are two bathrooms and attached two-car garages. The Fairfax model is the smallest in the community, at 1,112 square feet, and the Palm Beach model is the largest, at 2,275 square feet.
At Stone Creek, the single-family homes break out into five different collections. The Garden Series features seven models with one to three bedrooms and 1,133 to 1,433 square feet of living space. Six floor plans make up The Pinnacle Series, with 1,604 to 2,419 square feet, two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages, some with space to park a golf cart. The Regal Series, The Classic Series, and The Estate Series are where buyers will find new construction homes. There are dozens of floor plans and models, ranging from 1,604 to 2,634 square feet and up to five bedrooms.
Homes at Oak Run range from below the $100s to the $300s while prices at Stone Creek are in the $200s to $500s.
Golfing in Ocala
One area where the two communities are the same is golf.
Stone Creek has the Stone Creek Golf Club, which includes an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Terry Doss, a putting green, a driving range, and a pro shop. The Stone Creek Grille is a perfect lunch spot after your morning nine.
At Oak Run, residents have access to The Royal Oaks Golf Club. This 18-hole championship course is challenging but accessible to all skill levels. There’s a restaurant and a pro shop featured here, as well.
Both communities offer pools, clubhouses, meeting space, fitness centers, pickleball, horseshoes, tennis, and bocce. There are spaces for arts and crafts and cards as well as catering kitchens and walking trails. Here’s where each community gets unique.
At Oak Run, amenities include five separate clubhouses. The Island Club has three pools and spas and a sprawling outdoor patio. The Palm Grove Club is its own amenity center, with a multipurpose room and a ballroom as well as another outdoor pool and spa. Residents go to the Orchid Club for the library, card room, game room, sand volleyball court, and ceramics studio. A heated pool is available at the Aqua Sports Club.
Stone Creek includes Reflection Bay, an amenity center covering 29 acres. The center includes a reunion center, a Wallstreet Room, and a billiards center. Outside, residents can take advantage of softball fields and an event lawn, as well as a fishing lake. The Elan Spa is also available for homeowners to enjoy massage services, a spa, pools, and locker rooms.